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David Harrison covers immigration, labor, retirement security and other social policy beats. Before joining CQ Roll Call in April 2011, he worked at Stateline and at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he contributed to the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He is a graduate of Carleton College and George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.
Kevin de León, a California state senator, likes to tell the story of a 74-year-old San Diego woman who takes two buses to the wealthy enclave of Coronado to clean houses several days a week. Despite a lifetime of hard work, her Social Security check does not cover her living expenses, he says, forcing her to put off retirement.
House immigration negotiators are discussing a proposal that would allow illegal immigrants to eventually earn citizenship without creating a special process that Republicans surely would oppose.
Few members of Congress were more pleased to hear President Barack Obama call for an increase in the minimum wage than Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. The two have been working on increasing the minimum wage for years, routinely introducing legislation that would raise it over several years and peg it to inflation.
By calling for an increase in the minimum wage during this month’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama waded into a long-running debate among labor economists, with some saying the proposal would raise incomes and others countering that it would lead to decreases in employment.
Republicans in the House and Senate blasted the Obama administration Tuesday after reports surfaced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had quietly released hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers and into supervised release in advance of steep budget cuts.
Business and labor groups working on a new foreign guest-worker program have agreed on a few points of their proposal but remain far apart on some key provisions.
Senate Democrats and a top Obama administration official sought Wednesday to decouple border security from a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a centerpiece of the principles laid out last month by a bipartisan Senate working group.
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to once again prod Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a goal that could be within reach this year.
House Republicans cast doubt on efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul Tuesday and indicated that Congress should look for a middle ground that would legalize the status of illegal immigrants but stop short of granting them citizenship.
The short-term debt limit suspension detailed Monday by House Republicans appears likely to delay one fiscal confrontation, but opinions are divided on whether it could lay the groundwork for something much bigger.
House Republican leaders put forward a measure they’ve pushed out before, a bill to replace the sequester with new spending reductions, as a way to offset part of the cost of the fiscal deal that the Senate sent to the House early Tuesday morning.
Negotiations aimed at a last-ditch budget deal were at a standoff over the weekend, in part because of attempts by Democrats to address the $109 billion in automatic spending cuts slated to take effect in the current fiscal year.
Democrats are balking at President Barack Obama’s latest offer to House Republicans to shift the way inflation is calculated.
Do federal workers make more than comparable private sector workers? It’s a simple question, but there’s no easy answer.
Federal workers know the drill when it comes to big budget questions. With Congress grappling with another fiscal crisis, federal employee unions are bracing for more efforts to wring savings from government salaries and benefits.
About 20 years ago, during an earlier recession, Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., traveled to an unemployment office in the town of Madison Heights in his district, accompanied by a reporter.
Unemployment insurance is a shared federal-state responsibility that, in normal times, offers 26 weeks of benefits to laid-off workers pegged at roughly half the workers’ former salary. States also have a permanent extended benefits program, funded jointly with the federal government, that offers 13 to 20 additional weeks of benefits during economic slumps.
Senate Republicans took a first step Tuesday toward a compromise on immigration by proposing to allow young illegal immigrants brought to this country as children to remain permanently.
Republican senators are inching toward working on a broad immigration overhaul with their Democratic colleagues, a sign that the window of opportunity to address the issue could again be cracking open, at least in the Senate.
House leaders plan to bring up a high-tech visa bill during the lame-duck session, teeing it up as the first test of the GOP’s post-election immigration strategy. An aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the bill would come up “before the holidays.”
House and Senate negotiators hope that legislation granting additional permanent visas to highly skilled immigrants could be revived before the end of the year. But the presidential election makes finding a compromise more difficult.
Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is a mild-mannered Republican known for his expertise in agriculture and Internet policy. But when he takes over the Judiciary Committee as expected next year, the promotion will put him at the center of bruising debates over immigration, criminal law and civil rights.
Congressional proponents are renewing their call for pay equity for women in light of a new study on the issue that has flared in the presidential campaign.
President Obama is promising to push for a major immigration overhaul in Congress in 2013 should he win re-election.
House and Senate Republicans are putting pressure on the Obama administration to release reports on the viability of multi-employer pension plans, retirement funds that are popular with unions and other groups of small employers.